The immediate past Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has advocated the introduction of a law that will make the installation of close circuit television (CCTV) camera compulsory in public and commercial buildings.
Arase made the call in Enugu at a sensitization workshop for the law enforcement agencies on telecommunication issues
He explained that the deployment of CCTV camera and other ICT tools will help in preventing and detecting crimes.
The former police chief also called for the recruitment of ICT compliance officers to cope with the growing sophistication in crimes.
He said it was the effective use of the ICT that helped the police apprehend the suspected Fulani herdsmen that attacked Nimbo community in Enugu State in 2016, as well the kidnappers of former Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation and elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae, seven of whom he had been convicted recently.
“While ICT has assisted in dealing with security issues, it has also compounded security too because the criminals, the organised crimes we are dealing with, those guys are also very conversant with ICT, so you must be a dynamic security agent to be ahead of them because they keep on deploying it. I’m sure you read about two or three days ago how they said South Korean people were trying to hack into our banks, it’s an international crime, organized crime and it is trans-national; so you must be able to have the wherewithal, the intellectual depth to be able to deal with the issues,” he said.